Thursday, 20 April 2017

Whimsy- A New Release by Julia Spiri

I'm delighted to be sharing with you my creation for this weeks new release by Julia Spiri. She's called 'Whimsy' and was so much fun to colour ( you can find her here) . I used my spectrum noir pencils ( for the first time in ages! I felt a bit rusty but I was happy with how she turned out.) The background was made with water colour pencils.

The embellishments are printed from Julia's Sea Clip Art set. If you haven't seen her watercolour clip art do check it out. It's perfect for digital and paper crafting and so so pretty. 


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Time Traveller Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas

You may remember my excitement at receiving some of my new Time Traveller goodies from Sheena Douglass last week. When I squealed rather loudly on Facebook that they had arrived, my friend ( and fellow crafter) Rachel cheekily suggested I make her something. I couldn't refuse that request- any excuse to get messy and creative gets my attention! Like me, Rachel makes a lot of cards ( she's also a colouring book artist- check her out here), and while I knew she would apreciate a card, I wanted to do something a little bit more special for her so decided to have a go at a steampunk canvas.

I know Rachel wanted a tutorial, and lucky for her I snapped a few pics along the way, so here is how I did it. 

The first step was to embellish my canvas board. After applying texture paste through a stencil and some paper, I die cut some cogs ( these aren't from the Time Traveller set as I am still waiting on those but luckily I have other cog dies in my collection that did the job), the propeller from the set, and added some resin birds, a grunge board flourish and a chipboard man. I also used my melt pot to make nuts and a key. 

When the glue was dry, I went to town covering the entire piece in black gesso. Messy but so much fun! 

When the gesso was dry it was time to add some colour. I used some cheap acrylic copper paint, and some silver, which I added some gorgeous blue pigment powder to in order to create a rusting look. To dry brush you only need a teeny amount , then just work it over the project until happy. 

I really liked this effect, but wanted more shimmer and sheen and a metallic look, so I spritzed randomly with Cosmic Shimmer sprays and then used gilding wax to highlight some areas and really make the texture pop. 

The final step was to die cut the balloon and stamp it, which I also heat embossed with copper. I coloured the balloon with distress inks and glued it firmly in place, using the flourish as the smoke. I added the sentiment stamp 'Set Your Own Course' which just feels very appropriate for Rachel as she's certainly a lady who does just that.

I must admit I was so thrilled with the final piece that I almost didn't send it to her ( I did make her promise to send it back if she hated it, but of course she loves it- damn!). Guess I'll just have to make another for myself now!


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sheena Douglass Time Traveller Collection

I have coveted the Sheena Douglass Time Traveller collection of stamps and dies since I first saw them being promoted on her fan page on Facebook and demo'd on Hochanda. At the time sadly my craft penny pot was empty though so I had to resist. This week Crafters Companion are running a great deal on part of the set , and it was far too good to pass up so I treated myself, and then I saw someone on a craft selling page on Facebook selling the others at a bargain price, and my amazing husband offered to buy them for me- what a star!! The CC one's haven't arrived yet, but here's what I have been up to with the ones that Chris got for me. 

This collection is perfect for using with the new Ranger Distress Oxide inks, which is what I used to create the background to the first card. I spritzed the inks and smooshed brown card in it until I was happy, then dried off. I used a mask to create the wall effect with regular Walnut Stain distress ink. Then I applied copper gilding wax to some brown card and die cut cogs, which I then dabbled with some diluted gold paint with mica in to give a rusty effect. 

I stamped the Thamgamabob image on water colour card and painted with Aquatint inks, and mat and layered onto coordinating cardstock.

I am entering 'Thingamabob' into the following challenges:

For my second card I used the hot air balloon die and stamp set as my main feature. I love hot air balloons and have been fortunate enough to take 2 flights in the past, so this is definitely one close to my heart. Again I used distress oxide, in blue and green shades to represent the earth, and then die cut the shape before stamping and embossing in copper on to it. 

I used a paper from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells collection which I tore the edges to and distressed to add to the aged look I was hoping to achieve. Stamped onto this in Versamark and used a combination of Micaboss and gilding flakes, and Perfect Pearls to add the compasses, and sprinkled Frantage embossing powder around on top. I had another piece of card with oxides on that complimented it well ( I actually have a pile- they are addictive!) so dry embossed that and ran over the top with metallic gilding wax. The propeller is also from the collection, which again I heat embossed for added texture. 

I am entering this balloon card into the following challenges:

I have so many more ideas for this amazing collection so watch this space. I just need the postie to hurry up and bring the rest now. I don't do patience well- especially when there is crafty goodness involved!

Have a great weekend


Friday, 14 April 2017

Altered Brusho Box

Happy Good Friday folks! I hope you all have a nice day planned ( that includes eating  copious amounts of hot cross buns of course!). I have had this entire Easter week off work which has been lovely as it's given me plenty of time to get my teeth into a project I have had sitting in my cupboard to make for over 2 years now. Pretty shocking eh? Well, I've finally put it right and am pleased to be able to share my finished Brusho's box at last. 
The MDF kit was from Candy Box Crafts. It was easy to put together, although I found it a tad fiddly holding it in place while the glue dried,  but it was well worth the effort to be able to store my bits and bobs in something that makes me smile. 

The backing papers were made with Dylusions sprays- I just adore working with these. So vibrant! I didn't really have a plan in mind, but then I never do. I tend to be a 'get everything out and wait for inspiration to strike' kinda gal. All I knew for this was that I wanted to use some of my collection of stamps from Visible Image. Their stamps were made for mixed media work so if you haven't seen them before do click the link and check them out. 

I set to work with masks, stencils, paint and embossing powders and of course the stamps, and soon had a selection of cut pieces I was happy with and the whole thing came together like magic before my eyes. The drawers dont come supplied with knobs, but I had these cute little knocker style ones I picked up at Ally Pally last Sept  from the Every Crafts A Pound stand which did the job beautifully once I had altered the colour with alcohol ink to make them more funky and less vintage looking. 

Side View



Side view


I hope you have a great Easter weekend. Thanks for popping in to see what I have been up to.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge

I'ts April 1st which means not only are the April Fool's jokes going about, but it's also time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore. This month we are kindly sponsored by A Day For Daisies and the prize is a generous $12 voucher for the store. 

I have chosen to work with the cute Bot Four digi. I love him for boys cards! I teamed him with some robot papers from my stash to co ordinate with him perfectly. 

Do pop across and join in if you can. It would be lovely to see your creations. 


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bloobel Progressive Challenge - Easter Parade Judy

It's Mothering Sunday here in the UK today and after enjoying a gorgeous cooked breakfast made for me by my daughters I spent a perfect afternoon indulging myself at the craft table. 

I coloured Easter Parade Judy last week and she has sat patiently waiting to go on a card and take part in the Bloobel progressive challenge over on Facebook, so she was my first project. I made a simple, cheerful Easter card and decorated her bonnet with teeny eggs so she's all set to join the parade.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Coffee Bath by Bloobel Stamps

I love the quirky stamps Lisa at Bloobel stamps produces and when I saw this image that she's release as a subscriber image for her new Troo Bloo Club I had to sign up and snag her for myself. 

I had the perfect sentiment, from Bee Crafty, which also mentions wine, so I added a little glass and wine bottle stamp to make it work even more. I love my coffee, wine and bath so to combine all three is heaven!


Right, I'm off to play with more Bloobel cuties. Have a great Sunday folks!


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Julia Spiri New Release- Bird In Cage

Yet again Julia has pulled an amazing new image out of the bag for this month's new release. She's called Bird In Cage and you can find her here in Julia's Etsy shop

I love steampunk almost as much as I love the beautiful girls Julia draws , so this was a perfect image for me to work with. I coloured her in copics, and teamed her with some vintage papers from my stash and a hand made flower. The sentiment is from a free set I recently received with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine. 

Julia has also been busy creating some amazing watercolour clip art for use in your projects, which you can find here. Her watercolour art is perfect for printing and fussy cutting or using in digital projects- so versatile!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

If you want to see what the rest of the DT have created this time around do pop by the challenge blog where you will find a whole host of inspiration. 

Thank you for stopping by 


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bloobel Progressive Challenge Entry- Ralph

I recently discovered the amazing digi art by Bloobel and just adore the quirky style, so this month I have decided to start joining in the Facebook page Progressive Challenge. This month Lisa has drawn some incredible Easter parade images ( you can find them here), and as a dog owner Ralph spoke to me instantly and I had to work with him. Isn't he a cutie! I decorated his hat with a simple flower as he's a dapper kind of chap who does discreet, and teamed him up with some Becky Higgins papers and embellishments from my stash. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Crafts Galore Encore March Challenge DT Post

Time for another challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month our kind sponsor is the wonderful Fabrika Fantasy

I am a sucker for all things fantasy, but especially dragons, so I couldn't resist working with Wise Dragon this time. Isn't he adorable?!

I chose to make a tag bookmark this time, simply colouring and fussy cutting him before adding him to a background created with gelatos. I hand stamped the sentiment using some alphabet stamps. 


Do pop by and enter the challenge if you can. The theme is Anything Goes so you can create whatever your heart desires. 

Happy crafting!


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Bride Digi by Rachel Gilllham

A long time ago, in what feels like another crafting galaxy, I served on a design team that was managed by a lovely lady called Rachel Gillham. We became firm friends instantly and last Autumn we actually got to meet in person rather than just chatting online, and I was pleased to discover we got on just as well in real life. Neither of us are on that DT any more, but we still chat most days,  and now Rachel has decided to take a leap from crafting with other artists images ,to creating her own for crafters like me to enjoy. At the moment she is predominantly creating colouring pages and is rather excited to have her first book, Plucky Patterns, on sale with Amazon ( you can find it here), but she has also drawn a rather beautiful bride digi stamp, and I was thrilled when she asked me to colour her up. You can find her here in Rachel's shop ( she sells lots of other crafty bits creations too so have a look around).

When I first saw the image I instantly imagined her being pensive and taking stock of the life change she is about to make, and I wanted to create a scene around her to reflect that.  I drew on techniques I have learned from my online colouring classes with Kit and Clowder and designed a surround and window scene, which I coloured with a combination of promarkers and copics. 

I added Wink of Stella to her veil to really give it some extra shimmer. 

I kept the card fairly simple, using a traditional style paper from my stash, some lace and some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is from a wedding set by Visible Image.

I was relieved to hear Rachel say how thrilled she was with my creation. Phew! I'm glad she feels I have done her justice- I hope you agree. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

You can also follow Rachel's work on her Facebook page if you like the look of what she does. I know she would love to get some more likes so do pop over and support her. It would mean a lot to us both. 

Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Steampunk Burlesque Scarlett West by Kenny K

I've been a bit distracted from card making lately as scrap booking has taken over while I make a concerted effort to get my kids childhood albums created ( my eldest is 17 so I am a bit behind!) , but when I saw this amazing freebie linked to the February challenge over at Club Kenny K I just had to take part to claim her and have a play. I love Kenny K images- so sassy!

I combined her with some papers from Steampunk Spells by Graphic 45 and another odd sheet from my stash, some sexy lace, sequins and a feather and of course no steampunk card is complete without gears and cogs.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

No Space for Dreams

Have you seen the new release stamps from Visible Image yet? If not you really should take a look as they are AMAZING! I treated myself to the genius Face It set this week and also bought the new head mask they have released. I've had a ball playing with them tonight and this is the result. 

I teamed the new stamps up with the No Space For Dreams set and I think they all worked so well together. 

To create my piece I stamped the facial features and then masked off the sentiment stamp so that just the word 'worries' was visible and stamped that randomly inside the face mask. I covered the face with the insert part of the mask set and stamped and heat embossed the dreamcatcher around the edge, and then used distress ink to colour it. I coloured the face with Aquatint inks, and added a neck. 

Then came the fiddly part! I stamped multiple dream catchers on card I had coloured with Gelatos and fussy cut all the feathers to create her hair ( which was inspired by my own daughter's hair as she is currently rocking blue and pink herself!). I coloured the lips with gelatos and went over with a Wink of Stella to give it some shimmer, and added a gem nose piercing for some extra bling.

I must admit she has come out a little more butch looking than I had imagined as I stamped the eyes a little high I think. But that's cool as my daughter and I have decided that the story behind her is that she is trans gender and now she has made the change and is at peace with herself she can release all her worries and live the life she so desperately wants, so it all fits together perfectly and she has really come alive to us the more we look at her.

I'm off to play with the open eyes in the set now so watch this space!

Thanks for popping by

Happy crafting!


Saturday, 11 February 2017

I'm Watching You by Julia Spiri

Wow! Julia's new releases just get better and better and this month's is no exception. I'm delighted to be able to share my DT project, using the wonderful new image I'm Watching You. Isn't she incredible?

I chose to use watercolour pens to colour her this time. I'm still very much learning with them as they are so different to my usual go to option of Copics, but I am really pleased with the way she turned out. The backing paper is from the Bohemian Collection by Dovecraft.

Julia has set up a new youtube channel where she uploads videos of her painting her images. They are so captivating so do take a look here.

She also holds a monthly challenge of course, so hop across to the blog if you fancy playing along. We love to see your creations!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Crafts Galore Encore February Challenge DT Post

There's a new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month our sponsor is the wonderful Kenny K. I'm a huge fan of the Kenny K digis so was thrilled to be able to choose an image to work with. I opted to use Rad Boarder. I always seem to struggle with cards for the boys so this was a perfect chance to stretch myself and step out of my pink comfort zone!

To create my background for this cool dude  I used Brushos on watercolour card, which I spritzed with water. I added some brick work with a mask and distress ink, and then added more graffiti style elements using masks and Dylusions paint. I fussy cut around the image and then layered him on black card to make the image pop and added a stamped sentiment. 

We would love to see your creations so do join in if you can. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Just Be Happy

I've had such a lovely creative weekend making cards and doing some scrap book pages and I just wanted to pop on and share my favourite card from the weekend. 

I've been sorting through my stash and I have so many papers that I have created backgrounds on and stored away, so I am on a mission to use some up as my paper boxes are getting out of hand!

This one was created using the shaving foam technique, and dylusions. I just love the vibrant swirly pattern. This is such a fun way to play, and it called out for a lively image to accompany it, and I had just the one. I used the entire stamp set called Tomorrow Doesn't Exist by Visible Image, heat embossing the girl and main sentiment for some extra shine. I also used stamps from Universal with glitter Wow embossing powder to add more dimension to my background. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Just Hit Play

Stopping by today to share a card I have made using some of my favourite stamps by Visible Image. As a child of the 70's/80's I just love this cassette recorder from the Just Hit Play set. Perfect for music lovers of a certain generation like me. Oh the hours I would spend on a Sunday night, poised over my radio listening to the Top 40 and desperately trying to catch my favourite tunes with that record button, and oh how frustrating it was when the DJ started talking over the top of the music! I'm sure I'm not alone in that one!

I also used stamps from Visible Image's Universal and Sing sets. They all compliment each other so well. The background was created with Dylusion sprays.


Thanks for popping by.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

New Home Card With Lavinia Stamps

Today I'm popping by to share a new home card that I have made for my niece and her family to celebrate a very long awaited, and somewhat stressful move. House buying and selling is never simple as they have found out, but finally they are settling into their dream home and I couldn't be happier for them. 

I adore fairies, and I know my great niece is also a fairy fan, so a selection of my stamps from Lavinia Stamps seemed perfect for the job. The background was created using distress inks, and the images are coloured with Zig Clean Color markers. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hydrangea- Julia Spiri New Release

Yippee it's time for another new release from Julia Spiri and wow is she a stunner! Simply named 'Hydrangea' after the pretty flowers that surround her, you can find her here. I loved colouring her up ( with copics) and created a simple layout using backing card from Hunkydory, a ribbon and bow from Papermania Capsule Collection, and a vintage butterfly embellishment. 

The rest of my teamies have also been playing with her and have made some stunning cards so pop across to the challenge blog and prepare to be inspired! Perhaps you could join in the latest challenge too while you are there. You can also follow Julia and her art, and share your own projects with her images on her Facebook group

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

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